Butterscotch (performer)

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Butterscotch holding a microphone
Performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival
Background information
Birth nameAntoinette Clinton
Also known asButterscotch
Born (1985-09-29) September 29, 1985 (age 36)
Sacramento, California, United States
OriginDavis, California, U.S.
GenresR&B, hip hop, jazz
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active2003–present

Antoinette Clinton (born September 29, 1985), known by her stage name Butterscotch, is an American beatboxer, singer, and musician.

Early career[edit]

Butterscotch learned to play the piano at an early age as her mother was a piano teacher. Her siblings all played the piano plus one other instrument trumpet, cello, trombone, clarinet; Clinton had access to all these instruments. As Butterscotch grew older, she was exposed to beat boxing by her high school friends, and was inspired to learn the skill, adopting the stage name "Butterscotch" which originated from a song Antoinette wrote in high school. She attended Natomas Charter School's Performing and Fine Arts Academy in Sacramento, California, where she focused on music.[1]

America's Got Talent[edit]

Butterscotch gained national exposure in 2007 when she appeared on the second season of America's Got Talent.[2][3][4] She both sang and beatboxed, as well as a combination of the two while playing the piano, for her performances. The judges passed Butterscotch through several episodes and she was voted back by the viewers several times. She was in the final four (the last stage of the competition before the winner is announced), before being voted out by the viewers on the show which aired August 20, 2007. A number of videos with Butterscotch have gained wide popularity on YouTube.[5]


Week Theme Song choice Original artist Result
Audition Chicago "Love to Love You Baby" Donna Summer Advanced
Vegas Verdicts N/A N/A N/A Advanced
Top 20
Group 1
N/A "Summertime" Abbie Mitchell Advanced
Top 10 N/A "It's Your Thing" The Isley Brothers Advanced
Top 8 Heroes "My Funny Valentine" Mitzi Green Advanced
Top 4 Judges' Choice
Contestant's Choice
"What's Going On"
"Dance to the Music"
Marvin Gaye
Sly & the Family Stone
Finale Duets "Beautiful Girls" Sean Kingston 3rd Place


  1. ^ "Performing and Fine Arts Academy Student Magazine". PFAA. 2016. Archived from the original on January 6, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "America's got talent - Butterscotch". nbc.com. 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Lavender, Natasha (2019-07-22). "What the most memorable America's Got Talent stars are doing now". TheList.com. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  4. ^ Hymowech, Gena; Macey, Juliet (2016-07-19). "Butterscotch Melts the Mic". GO Magazine. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  5. ^ Mruk, Frank (11 November 2014). "Butterscotch Rocks it at TEDxNYIT". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 15 April 2020.

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